Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Deere raises quarterly dividend with 18%!

Great news, Deere & Company raises the dividend with 18%. This adds roughly $6.5 to my annual forward dividends. What did I do for it? Nothing really, just being a patient shareholder!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Monthly update: April 2014

The month has passed and it's my favorite time, giving an update of my dividend portfolio. I've updated my benchmarks to include the total return indices, instead of only the stockprice indices. This seems like a better comparison.

IndicatorAs of 28-3As of 28-4% change
S&P 500 Total Return3.3493.400+1.5%
Dow Jones Industrials Total Return32.08432.629+1.7%
AEX GR1.1421.144+0.2%
Portfolio value€ 15.945 € 16.506 +3.5%

The Dutch market was more or less flat (+0.2%), and the American markets were up this month (+1.5 - 1.7%). The dollar lost some ground against the euro. And what did my portfolio do? It gained 3.5% which is great. Even though I am focused on dividend income and growth, It's always nice to see portfolio value increase. There seems to be a bit of a rotation going on from different asset classes towards dividend paying stocks, because investors are looking for yield and safety.